As students return from spring break for their first day of classes, Franklin’s Table Food Hall is opening for the first time.
Franklin’s Table is located at the corner of 34th and Walnut, across the street from Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and Meyerson Hall, between CVS and Starbucks. All of the restaurants are open as of 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 12.
Previously, 3401 Walnut was occupied by a food court that offered multiple fast-food options such as Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Quiznos. However, that closed last summer in order to make room for the higher quality restaurants that are now being offered by Franklin’s Table. These new restaurants offer a variety of foods including pizza, burgers, falafels, and ice cream. In fact, Penn boasts that these new restaurants serve food prepared by “critically acclaimed chefs” and will satisfy any customer despite dietary needs or food preferences.
Here is a list of restaurants that can be found at Franklin’s Table:
- Goldie: Goldie specializes in falafel, fries, and tehina shakes and is 100% vegan.
- Pitruco Pizza: Pitruco serves wood-fire pizza, and Franklin’s Table will be its first permanent location.
- Kensington Quarters: Kensington Quarters offers a variety of food including fish, pork, and burgers; however, their main seller at Franklin’s Table is their KQ Burgers. Kensington Quarters supports local agriculture and sustainable practices.
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Little Baby’s Ice Cream creates handmade ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts.
- The Juice Merchant Juicery and Café: The Juice Merchant focuses on making fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and sweet and savory dishes, and they are a vegan restaurant that only uses 100% organic ingredients.
- DK Sushi: DK Sushi will provide sushi from Double Knot.
Unfortunately, in line with the food court that previously occupied this location, the restaurants are not a part of Penn Dining and will therefore not accept Penn Cash or Dining Dollars.